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Step 1 – Assemble
Once you have assembled and checked that the X,Y & Z axes of your piccolo are sliding smoothly, plug it in by USB or with a 5V power supply.
Step 2 – Program
1) Arduino + Processing
For this you will need the latest version of Arduino. If you need to or would like to make changes to Controllo you will also need Processing.
Before you can run the Piccolo code, you will need the piccolo library for Arduino.
PiccoloLib library for Arduino > PiccoloLib_current
Have a look at PiccoloLib/examples. Upload ‘USBTether’ to Piccolo to use it with Controllo. Have a look at the ‘Simple’ example for a basic overview of how the library works.
To work with the Controllo code, you will also need a couple of libraries for Processing
Control p5 for Processing >
Geoometrive for Processing > www.ricardmarxer.com/geomerative/geomerative.zip
Controllo is a Processing sketch that provides a simple control interface for Piccolo over serial.
You can download the compiled versions here >
Mac/Windows/Linux – Controllo_current.zip
Controllo source > Controllo src
You can now send several generative examples straight from Controllo. You can also open your own SVG to send.
- The SVG must be 300px wide and high.
- All paths must be expanded (ie: no compound paths)
Step 3 – Test
If Step 2 has been performed and the USBTether Arduino sketch has been uploaded. You will be able to test that your Piccolo is functioning correctly and moving smoothly by holding the “test” button for 2 seconds. This will cause Piccolo to draw a spiral that extends over the entire draw space.